It’s that time again for our monthly section meeting and as our Facebook page says, let’s “Get lost in the universe”.
As some of you may know, the 40 inch SDM telescope has been out of action for some upgrades. This was meant to take around two months so we wouldn’t have had it for Saturday night. However, with a lot of hard work by a few people, it is back in action again and will be running on Saturday night!
The major upgrade was putting a bearing in the azimuth drive. The entire telescope needed to be dismantled and the primary mirror had to come out so with the mirror out, this gave us the perfect opportunity to give it its first clean. So we now have a perfectly clean primary!
If you haven’t had a chance to look through the 40 inch, now is the perfect opportunity as it’s like a brand-new telescope again. It’s amazing how much use its had in so little time!
Come up and enjoy the wonders of the universe with us at deep sky section on Saturday night!
Location: LMDSS site, Heathcote
What to bring: Telescope and equipment (not essential, if you don't own one), camping chair and equipment, sleeping gear (if you are staying at the site) and a red torch (no white light) and lastly, warm clothing.
Don't forget to obtain the gate/clubroom codes for access.
Contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0439 374 159) for more information.
In a galaxy far, far away……
Are you interested in observing galaxies, open and globular clusters, planetary nebulae, emission nebulae, reflection nebulae and dark nebulae to name a few. Then join the Deep Sky Section at our monthly meetings at LMDSS.
If you have a telescope, bring it with you and if you don't there will be scopes to view through plus the society's 40 inch telescope and the 25-inch Obsession will be in operation. We aim to provide novice deep sky observers with the ability to learn from experienced observers about how to locate and observe these objects, which eyepieces and filters work best and the resources to get the most out of your observing experience. For the seasoned observer, the Deep Sky section provides an arena to get together, share information and experiences and imparting knowledge to astronomers new to the field, but most importantly having a great time doing the thing we love the most, driving our telescopes to their limits.